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Saturday 29 January 2011

Australian Tennis Open - Men's Final

On the hottest day of the year so far here in Melbourne, a Scotsman is about to take up the biggest challenge of his career to date. Andy Murray (5) will take on Novak Djokovic (3) in the Grand Final of the 2011 Australian Tennis Open.
As a pre-match warm up (pardon the pun) we'll be watching the ODI Cricket between Australia and England in Brisbane, where all proceeds today will go to the Queensland flood victims.
I can't believe that since I've arrived in Australia I've become such a sports fan.
Well, when the temperature soars its best to just settle down in AC comfort with good food, cool drinks and relax.
Andy, but we'll be watching and keeping everything crossing in the hope that you don't melt!
Here's a little Scottish pre-match trivia ......
The prickly purple thistle was adopted as the Emblem of Scotland during the rein of Alexander III (1249 -1286). Legend has it that an Army of King Haakon of Norway, intent on conquering the Scots landed at the Coast of Largs at night to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness the Norsemen removed their footwear.
As they drew near to the Scots it wasn't the only thing hiding under the cover of darkness. For one of Haakon's men unfortunately stood on one of these spiny little defenders and shrieked out in pain, alerting the Clansmen of the advancing Norsemen. Needless to say the Scots who won the day.
We wish you luck...." GO ANDY......."

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